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browsing for the public and no immediate access. it's 24 hours. and if then when you come on the second trip to look at the magazineseses, you have requested and you have to know what they are to request them and can't discover them serendipitously. if you then want a different edition to further your research, it's another 24 hours. of course for most people 24 hours can mean many days or even many weeks. the library is also policy identifying ~ uniformed folks including armed police who greet your eyes as you enter at the library. the unfortunate, if you can leave up, please, what i have here. all of these thing serve to
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spoil the library's function as a welcoming place and as a place where people feel safe. certainly we want safe and secure libraries. we don't want what somebody calls a militarization [speaker not understood] accessible by the public. supervisors, my name is francisco de costa. you supervisors want to give us three minutes. now you give us two minutes. i'm here to remind you that you represent the constituents of san francisco. so, now a one-bedroom unit goes for 3,500. and i know some of you are
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talking about it. but i want you to think outside the box. the academy of [speaker not understood] university has taken thousands of units, rental units, converted them into dormitories. [speaker not understood], what were you representatives doing? there's one supervisor, he loves the units, you know, 100 square feet units where a man can sleep maybe with a dog full of fleas. it's this type of concern that you representatives have for the constituents. at one time your salaries were about 38,000. now you get 128,000 plus, plus the thousands of dollars that maybe y'all take under the table.
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so, we constituents are left at the mercy of people who say that maybe they want to represent when they stand for election with their platform. but once they are in, they deceive the people. they hood wink the people. so, i'm here to remind you as the director of environmental justice advocacy to work for equality of life issues and we'll monitor you. we watch you like a hawk. thank you very much. >> thanks. next speaker. good afternoon, president chiu and supervisors. ♪ you see, i've been through the chinese new year parade with the horse with no name it's so good to be out of the rain in the place you can remember your name because there ain't supervisor say to give you no city pain
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da-da-da-da-da da-da-da-da and then i let the horse run free cow the horse had run to mayor lee and at the end after being led i was looking at a dragon's bed you see, i've been through the parade with a horse with no name it's so good to be out of the rain in the parade you can remember your name cause there ain't no one to give you no city pain da-dee-da-dee-da-da-dee and i can see clearly sitting now the city rain is gone and i can see all city hall obstacles in my way gone are the dark clouds that
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had the typhoon, typhoon philippines blind it's going to be a bright, bright rainbow day it's gonna be a bright, bright rainbow day hey-hey-hey tuesday. (applause) >> next speaker. good afternoon. my name is jordan engle. some of you know me at this point. i'm here as a representative of a group of concerned property and business owners on the broadway corridor. a few of which appeared at the last small business commission legislative hearing in late january. we were under the impression after that meeting that an agenda item was to be scheduled to discuss the proposed liquor license moratorium on broadway introduced by board president supervisor david chiu. when we received the agenda on friday afternoon and did not see anything related to the
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moratorium, we were confused and frustrated. this moratorium has frightened many property owners and business owners who feel it would be disastrous for the neighborhood. obviously we all are well aware of the ongoing problems on broadway, however the solution for the neighborhood [speaker not understood] responsible growth and friendly legislation, not moratoriums that increase vacancies and blight and punish property and business owners. on a more personal note in regard to my family's building at 4 93 broadway on the southeast corner of the broadway and kearny intersection that my grandmother currently owns we have been trying to remodel the building and get a liquor license approved for years. to now be caught in this moratorium after working in this project for years would be a travesty. we've requested a hearing to have the liquor license hopefully approved before the moratorium is passed. however, so far our requests for a pcm hearing have been ignored. this infringes on our constitutional right to due process. at this point we need your help. thank you.
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>> thank you. next speaker. i will be using several slides and i would like those to remain on the overhead until i remove the last of them. i think you will remember on october 22nd the famous quote now from your president david chiu, "i don't think we will allow public comment for the next speaker where he violated my constitutional and civil rights." i filed complaint with the police department which they initially refused to take with the sheriff's department against the deputies who unlawfully layed their hands upon me and now with the fbi for a violation of my civil and other rights. these are all the times i've taken city bodies and agencies and individuals to the sunshine ordinance task force and won.
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that shows that they violate the law and in many cases these same cases were also violations of either the brown act or the california public records act. don't think much of public participation in government, do you? supervisor campos once accused me of abusing the system. in answer to that, i give you my batting average from 2008 to last year. i've won more than 76% of my complaints so i don't think i'm abusing the system. i'm using it exactly for what it was intended to do. here comes the next agenda for the next sunshine ordinance task force meeting that is to be held in april. and look what they've done. they put all of my complaints saved up for 7 or 8 months on one agenda so i can fight everybody at the same time.
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over the next couple weeks i'm going to talk about all the ways that david chiu, your president, and angela your clerk of the board have manipulated the system to put it in favor of the city and against the citizens of this city. not filling vacancies and a whole bunch of other things and basically saying if we can't beat you, we'll screw you. >> thank you. next speaker. president chiu, members of the board of supervisors and the public, good afternoon. as some of you know, i run an organization called the tenderloin walking tours. i take people through the tenderloin and show them the low sides and the high sides. between supervisor kim's office and captain jason's office at the tenderloin police station, they have literally cleaning up interpret and taylor. taylor was one of my high spots
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on my tour. thats was the most interesting part of my tour because it shows the degradation of the tenderloin ~. you guys are kind of running me out of business [speaker not understood]. i've been here 30 years. i have never seen that corner the way it looks now. you could roll a bowling ball down there and not hit anyone. i congratulate you all, supervisor kim's office and the san francisco police department tenderloin district. the other thing i want to make known of spars our homeless and housing situation, you know, we have hundreds -- hundreds of people, san francisco residents that we house and pay for out of the city. we house hundreds of prisoner in san mateo county san bruno without a problem. so, why can't we house hundreds of our homeless in other counties that have plenty of inventory, plenty of inventory? why are we balking at that? we have all kinds of
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opportunities. we have veterans with housing certificates in their pocket laying in the streets [speaker not understood] because there's no inventory. and there's no reason why we can't house or veterans out of county. we're housing our prisoners out of county. let's house some of our homeless people out of county. mark farrell, i appreciate your article in the chronicle today. good work. thank you. keep it up. thank you, sir -- folks. >> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon. thank you for giving me this opportunity to speak. on the return on investment that we're talking about at city college of san francisco, i went in the marine core when i was 17. i came out when i was 20. and i shudder to think what would have happened had city college not been there for me. it's there for a lot of returning vets. it's there for immigrants, it's there for students who cannot afford to go to college. it's there for those who need it. but most importantly, it turned
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my life around. i went into a career, i had a career in law enforcement. when i returned, when i came to the college i was a supervisor in the united states probation and parole officer. i came to the college, i worked in the administration of justice for the past 18 years. i've been a department chair in the administration of justice, department chair for latin american latino studies. i was also the dean for the school of behavioral and social sciences before i decided to return to teaching. that investment, on the return on investment, that's what it's about, an investment. people make an investment, the gi bill, they made an investment in me. because of that investment, i can stand here. i had a lot more hair at one time and a lot fewer wrinkles, but you want to see what that return on investment is? take a look at me. there are a lot of people out there just like me. it's been -- i can remember as a kid when i came out of the marine corps, sitting on the top of that hill and saying, i'm in college. that was a heck of a thing. my family didn't speak english.
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i was the first high school graduate. i was the first college graduate. and i'm the first person puerto rican descent to be here in front of this of my background to say thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker. hi, my name is [speaker not understood] i'm the english professor at city college and i just wanted to speak in favor of supervisor campos's resolution. as you know, city college has had its elected board of trustees removed and replaced by a special super trustee with extraordinary powers. and i have a copy of our student paper here to show you what he's doing with those extraordinary powers. on the cover there is a story about our special super trustee cutting over 100 classes from our students just in the past couple of weeks. what did he do with the money for those hundred classes?
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he gave a 1% raise to the top paid administrators. so, i think you'll agree with me he's not using his extraordinary powers in extraordinary ways and he needs to go, and thank you, supervisor campos. (applause) hello, thank you. first of all, i guess on the side line, before one of my students i saw him speaking here for rainbow, marcos -- marcus. i was very proud to see him be so -- such a great job. i'm jim kelly. i teach at the city college of san francisco. ~ since 1997 and i'm here to speak in favor of the resolution as well. it's really the whole idea of having a special trustee with extraordinary powers. that's the problem. the reason that this decisions that have been coming down from the administration have been so bad is a series of bad decisions.
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my colleague just mentioned several of the bad decisions. i can name several others. the elimination of the performing arts and education center, even though the voters voted for it. the use of prop a funds in ways that are not supposed to be used were also voted on, 73% of san franciscans want it one way. it's not happening that way. and the more that it goes on, you just keep hearing of more bad decisions. today i just heard that the chancellor, he is thinking that he wants to make sure that the college has enough resources to -- sorry, excuse me, to pay for budget item as they come along so that the college will not have to go into the market and borrow money. this is happening at a time when the govern's budget is
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paying back all the deferrals that it has been making to the community colleges for all these years. so, this is just sort of the process that happens when people are in a bubble, they don't hear the input from other people and they make bad decisionses. so, it's time to get rid of the special trustee not just this one, but to have no special trustee [speaker not understood] ~. (applause) good afternoon, president chiu and board of supervisors. my name is ken tray and i'm representing the united educators of san francisco today. and we're pleased to be here joining the entire san francisco public education community and support of supervisor campos's resolution to bring back the elected trustees of city college of san francisco. after all, usf members and leadership quite often appear before the board of education
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over across the street at the school district because there are issue that deserve public comment, debate, and a hearing of all sides. right now we have a leadership of city college that is not transparent and not accountable to the people of san francisco. yesterday we also had the pleasure of being in the mayor's office and hearing senator leno announcing there will be legislation to make sure that city college will be financially stable in the years ahead. so, if i was in the classroom where supervisor tang or cohen [inaudible] not too many years gone, we would look at this as a textbook example of how democracy is sub poed to work. we've had so many public meetings, demonstrations, forums about the need for san francisco ~ to step up and save our great city college. well, today we're having a manifestation of the political leadership listening to the people and moving forward to do exactly that.
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so, we applaud the resolution and we hope it passes and impacts legislation to come. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker. hello. i'm a student. my name is [speaker not understood] and i've been at city college 7 years. [speaker not understood]. i want to thank supervisor campos for putting the resolution on the table. i think it's a very important issue for students to bring and to bring the democratic process back into city college and bring the voice of the student back in city college because we don't have any input of what's going on in school right now. and i thank you very much and i wish all the supervisors do the same. thank you. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker.
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let me mention we have a rule in the chamber. expressions with support or applause or hissing of booze and comments, if i could ask you to respect those rules, it would be greatly appreciated. thank you. ~ good afternoon. i'd like to say hello to president chiu, supervisor campos, and the rest of the supervisors here today. i'm anita greer, former member of the board of trustees, and i'm here to talk about the resolution that supervisor campos has put forward. i do support it. i've had a lot of time to write. so, i've written down hopefully only two minutes of what i want to say about support for the supervisor's resolution. i share the view that an attack on ucsf is an attack on the people. i also feel deep institutional grief and personal anger to see city college in its present state. the college is more polarized
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and destabilized than it's ever been. even though enrollments are plummeting, the administration is making further cuts in classes for the [speaker not understood] semester. the board of trustees has been exiled from all the decision making responsibilities the people invested in us and on a daily basis people point out the sad irony that a great democratic college that serves up to 100,000 students in a progressive city like san francisco is being run by one individual, a special trustee with dick that orial powers who is paid more than a thousand dollars a day ~. since our board of trustees has been dissolved, the responsibility of meeting our enrollment goals to avoid the massive loss of the financial -- i'm sorry, the funding with the recently selected chancellor arthur tyler and special trustee [speaker not understood], now that city college has the financial resources to restore the cuts
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in classes and personnel to be promise -- we promised the voters in our prop a parcel campaign tax literature, with the policy makers of the entire institution be able and willing to keep the promise will they continue to cutting classes and part-time faculty with great powers come comparable responsibilities. if the chance letter and the special trustee can't read meet our enrollment goals and the latest report is that the current enrollment is over 20% lower than it was a year ago, will they have the integrity to recognize their failure and resign? good afternoon, supervisor chiu, president chiu. i am here on behalf of supporting the resolution that has been presented by
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supervisor campos. my name is bruce boydin. i am a former trustee of the compton community college district. it is one of the only community colleges in the state of california that ever lost its accreditation. i'm in support of supervisor campos's resolution in that we are now in our 10th year of having elected officials by the people within the compton community college district who have no voting rights. it is primarily specifically done by the special trustee.
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regaining our accreditation for compton community college district is very fluid. it changes from year to year. we now will be at the year 20 24 before we can be considered ~ to be reaccredited. that is a 20-year span. it means that those who have been involved in this fight will be dead. so, to that extent, i am actually here in support of seeing this does not happen to the rights of people, the democratic process will continue to go on as it should. for the people and by the people, it is essential that the power be returned to the [inaudible]. >> thank you. next speaker.
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good afternoon, supervisors. my name is shanell williams and i'm a student trustee at -- >> excuse me, if i could ask whoever has that cell phone, i know there are amber alerts going. i want to thank all the supervisors for all your support you've given to city college during this really tough time. a student trustee elected last year i was able to attend one meeting before the board of governors [speaker not understood] shut our board down. as a student representative elected by the entire student body i was told i no long early have a choice. ~ voice. i am being prevented from being able to communicate with students at a time when communicating with students is critical. [speaker not understood] but this has not been the case. instead we have seen almost 200
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class sections being cut, financial aid disbursements for students are seriously delayed without any answers, major changes to the college are happening in secret, out of sight from the college constituents and the s.f. public. administrators have taken a substantial pay raise while faculty makes 4% below 2007 wage levels. students don't even make s.f. minimum wage and staff are overworked and under paid. registration for students has been severely flawed while we are promoting enrollment. we need our democratic li elected board of trustees back at the college so the people can have a voice and a vote in saving our city college. thank you. >> next speaker. good afternoon, president chiu and supervisor campos and the rest of the members of the board. and everyone else. ~ i'm here today to support
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supervisor campos' resolution to restore the current trustee city college teachers, faculty, students and staff at this time do not have a voice because of the threats. student special -- i'm sorry, trustee with extraordinary powers. there have been pay changes and the class payments is due. there are so many thing that are being due right away and that is actually [speaker not understood], but without anybody else's decision. we need ucsf to be open, democratic, accessible to all. and when i say all, i really mean everyone, people coming out of prison, disabled people, everyone, everyone across the board. a lot of successful people already came to city college in the past. you can walk down the street and ask anyone -- everyone, many people have a story.
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if the board of trustees are rehired after being fired by the special trustee threat at city college, city college will have a chance of having our voices heard. rehire our board. take away extraordinary power from one person. example, if i was a threat right now -- thank you. i will make decisions for all of you without letting anyone know. that's what's threatening. our special trustee makes deal significances alone for over 100,000 students and staff ~ decisions ~ without their knowledge and by himself. according to the brown act decisions about meetings notice are to be given to others and areas of decision making i don't see the brown act being practiced. city college is being downsized by threat as we all stand here. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon, president chiu and the board of supervisors.
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i'm here, my name is [speaker not understood], and i'm here as a resident of the city of san francisco. i applaud and believe that everything that has been said today is correct, but my expertise comes more from being a mother here in this city. i have two kids, a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old. they're both in public school as we speak right now, and i don't know if you know this, but my son goes to balboa high and they teach you at balboa high that you should go to community college for the first two years of your college experience. and the reason they teach you that is that you save a lot of money and they give you a time to figure out where you're going next. so, i have a deep stake in whether this community college lives or does not live. so, for me it's really, really important that, a, we have a democracy and that we have the people back, restore the duly elected board of trustees, and b, i'm very, very happy and applaud mayor lee and senator leno for suggesting legislation going forward to make sure that
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there is enough money for city college. city college is a vital, vital part of our public education system. it's for all of the kids of san francisco. it's for seniors, it's for veterans, it's for everybody else, but literally middle class or low-income person in san francisco today cannot afford a four-year college. so, city college is absolutely vital as a piece of the puzzle so make sure people get education. thank you. >> thanks. next speaker. thank you. my name is pam [speaker not understood]. i'm the president, board chair of the chinese progressive association and i want to be able to speak in support of campos -- supervisor campos' legislation. i want to be able to speak in terms of the community perspective and as community, people always have access to expressing their views when we have our elected board of trustees.
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and now we don't have that kind of access any more. and we have a lot to say. and some of the things that we really care about in preserving, not only in terms of the credit classes -- i'll go back to that in just a moment. but the value of city college to be able to provide education and services that fall under the category of noncredit classes. and i'm very concerned that our ability to be able to communicate, the richness and importance of these kinds of courses will be denied us and we will lose them. the second party want to as a community representative to speak of is of the access, affordable access and access of students to be able to go to city college. i see that there's been legislation which making it very hard for students to be able to get their waivers. and these things,